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International TableTop Day @ Game Masters

I’d be remiss if I didn’t do anything special for International TableTop Day, which was held on April 5, 2014. So, I did the only thing a respectable (ha!) games journalist would do…grab my camera and head down to Game Masters, a local gaming / hobby shop located in Pittsburgh.  I’m not much of a people person and I had never before gone to an event of this scale, but I was determined to walk away with a story to write about.  It turned out that I was gifted with much more…the feeling of comradery.  We were all there for a reason: we enjoy tabletop gaming.  It was great to meet such fine people and I hope to run into all of them again in the future.

International TableTop Day

The fun never stopped on International TableTop Day, even if you were placing contracts on your fellow gamers in “Family Business”.

To sum up my experience, we played various games including but not limited to: “Family Business”, “Ticket to Ride: Europe”, “Pandemic”, “Rampage”, “Zombicide”, “7 Wonders”, “Pathfinder”, and “Love Letter”.  I myself participated in “Family Business”, a game that I had never played before but somehow still ended up winning…I think the group was intimidated by my camera (yeah, let’s go with that).  In all serious though, special thanks to Jason, Charity, Barry, Joseph, and Kaleem for being so patient with my questions.  I enjoyed the game so much that I ended up purchasing a copy, so expect a review sometime over the next few weeks.

The two videos featured below cover both Game Masters and the games played there. “Part One” features an interview with Mr. Phil Glotfelty himself, while “Part Two” is a quick slide show showing off the event. I again want to extend a warm thank you to everyone there who helped to make my experience a positive one. I didn’t manage to catch everyone’s name or include everyone in my slide show, so apologies in advance if I missed you. Please feel free to contact me if you’d like any information on Game Masters or the games featured in this article.  Enjoy!

To see the pictures taken without having to view the slideshow video below, head on over to my Facebook page and check out the related photo album:


  1. Jason K
    April 7th, 2014 at 08:21 | #1

    Was great to run into you Vince! I was looking forward to your recap. Hopefully we can game together again soon!

    • Vincent
      April 7th, 2014 at 08:38 | #2

      Hey Jason! It was a pleasure meeting you. Thanks for bringing Family Business and for showing me how to play it, it was a lot of fun! If you frequent Game Masters often, perhaps we’ll run into each other again. I work Downtown during the week, but maybe I’ll stop by on a Friday night or something for game night in the near future. Looking forward to gaming with you folks again!

      • Jason K
        April 7th, 2014 at 08:42 | #3

        Hah, that was my first time gaming at Game Masters. I shopped there before and decided to take any excuse to go play a game on tabletop day.

        I work downtown too during the week. Perhaps we’ll have to have a lunchtime 2 player gaming session someday if you’re not on the other side of downtown 🙂

        • Vincent
          April 7th, 2014 at 08:45 | #4

          Sounds great! I work over at the EQT Building (near the T station and Subway on Liberty), across from the EDMC building. I’m not sure of any gaming stores in town (besides The Exchange)…hobby shops like Game Masters seem to be rare around here.

          • Jason K
            April 7th, 2014 at 08:52 | #5

            Hah, awesome. I’m in the Steel Building. Not too far of a jaunt. There are a ton of public places around town we could use to grab a table while we nosh on some grub. Lets make it happen 🙂

            You have my email address hopefully as part of the subscription. If you don’t, find me on Google+ or Facebook by searching for “Jason Katke”. Connect with me there.

          • Vincent
            April 7th, 2014 at 08:59 | #6

            Great! I sent you an email. (vmp0514@msn.com)